Archive for May 28, 2010

AT&T to Offer MobileProtect for $13.99 a Month

AT&T to Offer MobileProtect for $13.99 a Month

If you've got an iPhone, then you're painfully aware that the only way to insure your precious Apple mobile device, is to go through Apple themselves. While their AppleCare plan is top-notch, it may still be too pricey for some. So here comes AT&T to (finally) save the day. There's a bit of bad news thrown into the mix of good, though, so click after the break to find out if MobileProtect is right for you.

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Apple Applies for Patent to Pause and Resume Media on Separate Devices

Apple Applies for Patent to Pause and Resume Media on Separate Devices

Apple certainly loves their patents. Even if they don't have any plans to actually implement the idea into the physical world for several years, they're quick about snapping up those patents. It's a plan that's worked for them over the years, and they're probably not going to stop any time soon. This time around, they've got a patent that could see you playing a video on your Apple TV, pausing it there, and then picking up right where you left off on your Apple mobile device.

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HTC tablet research tips social networking niche

HTC tablet research tips social networking niche

Speculation about an HTC tablet is one of those cyclical things that doesn't want to die, and it seems that while the company maintains it has nothing in the works, that hasn't stopped them doing research to identify just what niche a larger-screen HTC slate might occupy.  According to The Inquirer, HTC's European vice president, Dr Florian Seiche, informed attendees of the Open Mobile Summit this week that their "study found women social networking while watching television was a likely use for tablets."

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Clevo D900F GeForce GTX 480M gaming notebook up for wallet-busting sale

Clevo D900F GeForce GTX 480M gaming notebook up for wallet-busting sale

Remember that stonking NVIDIA GeForce GTX 480M Fermi GPU and the Clevo gaming notebook it was expected to first show up in?  The Clevo  D900F is now up for sale, and if you've in the region of $2,959 lying around waiting for a Core i7 based 17-inch monster notebook, you probably won't be disappointed.  Everything from a 2.66GHz Core i7-920 through to a 3.33GHz Core i7-980X Extreme are on offer (factor in an extra $856 for the latter), together with some Xeon quadcores, as well as up to 12GB of DDR3 memory.

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$99 Apple TV update gets iPhone OS, 1080p HD and cloud-storage?

$99 Apple TV update gets iPhone OS, 1080p HD and cloud-storage?

Details of Apple's upcoming Apple TV platform refresh have emerged, with Engadget claiming to have heard from a trusted source that the Cupertino company is planning a new, $99 set-top box that would use iPhone OS and cloud-based storage.  In fact, the new Apple TV sounds a lot like a headless-iPhone: it's described as having minimal ports, basically just power and a 1080p HD video output, as well as using the same 1GHz Apple 14 CPU and 16GB of onboard storage.

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Taiji tablet hides stowaway Bluetooth keyboard [Video]

Taiji tablet hides stowaway Bluetooth keyboard [Video]

Remember BYD's Snaptop concept, the Snapdragon-powered tablet with a wireless Bluetooth keyboard hiding in the rear panel?  It looks like someone at Taiji Electronics has been paying attention; they're apparently bringing along their new slate to Computex 2010, a VIA C7 1.2GHz based Windows 7 tablet, and it stores a Bluetooth keyboard in the back section complete with a kick-stand.

Video demo after the cut

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AT&T Samsung i897 leaks while Behold II update prompts controversy

AT&T Samsung i897 leaks while Behold II update prompts controversy

Details on a new Samsung Android smartphone, the Samsung i897, have leaked to AndroidGuys, and it looks to be headed to AT&T in the not too distant future. Still, while you'd assume that a new Samsung phone would be a source of glee for the company's fans, those who have already bought into Android are too busy being livid about Samsung's upgrade intentions for earlier models.

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Apple open iBookstore to self-publishers

Apple open iBookstore to self-publishers

With international outlets of Apple's iBookstore fast filling up with premium titles, amateur authors are probably wondering how they can get their works into the system too.  Apple has added book submissions to iTunes Connect, their system whereby independent musicians could add A/V content to the iTunes store, though it's not quite as straightforward as uploading a PDF and raking in the ebook revenue.

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Nokia N8 demo video shows evolutionary Symbian^3 OS

Nokia N8 demo video shows evolutionary Symbian^3 OS

Nokia N8 demo videos are in short supply, so we'll take anything we can get in the run-up to the smartphone's release.  Nokia Conversations have sat down senior product manager Chris Bennetts and got him to walk through the N8's UI, messaging app, browser and maps.  If there's anything we can take away it's that the Symbian^3 interface looks to be more a case of minor evolutionary tweaks rather than the groundbreaking revolution we were hoping for.

Video demo after the cut

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Nokia N900 sold “well in excess” of 100,000 in five weeks; Gartner figures seriously wrong claims source

Nokia N900 sold “well in excess” of 100,000 in five weeks; Gartner figures seriously wrong claims source

Analyst predictions - like any other - should generally be taken with a pinch of salt (the Steve Ballmer at WWDC 2010 speculation is good evidence of quite how much sodium is necessary), but it seems someone at Gartner has been seriously mistaken in their counting.  They're quoted as claiming under 100,000 Nokia N900 units were sold in its first five months on the market; however, a source we spoke to at Nokia today told us that in fact the Finnish company sold "well in excess of 100,000" N900 handsets in the first five weeks.

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